I was able to pardon one of our roosters, just so we would be able to have the sound of a cock a doodle doo on the farm. I'm also hoping for our rooster to mate with our laying hens, that we may have baby chicks of our own without buying them from a local hatchery. I named our pardon rooster Lucky.
Butcher day was a family event with my dad and my uncle helping us out! My dad ingeniously and generously put together a homemade chicken plucker for us, and this worked perfectly! Our freezer is now stocked full of chicken and we're so happy to have this experience.
**Update** July 9th 2015
Our laying hens have been doing a great job laying eggs! And Lucky is even playing his part and has become a daddy! The little chicks are so cute in the yard following their momma around. We are truly bless!